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Big 12 Realignment: TCU To Make 'Major Announcement' At 7pmET Monday

Confirming what the Ft. Worth Star Telegram reported earlier, TCU has issued an official press release confirming a "major announcement" concerning TCU athletics will be made Monday at 7p.m. ET, where it's expected that TCU will announce it has accepted the Big 12 Conference's invitation. 

Fox Sports' Matt Mosley says that TCU's addition will give the Big 12 some long-needed security, not so much because of anything the Horned Frogs add to the equation, but because the move goes directly against the wishes of all-powerful Texas: 

The best sign for the Big 12's long-term viability is that it appears TCU has gained entrance despite protests from all-powerful UT athletic director DeLoss Dodds. He's said some nice things about the Frogs in recent days, but this was never part of his ultimate business plan.

Dodds made sure his Big 12 soldiers, including former commissioner Dan Beebe, delivered the usual talking points about how TCU didn't provide anything from a TV revenue standpoint. The Big 12 already owned the Dallas-Fort Worth TV market because of Texas, Texas A&M and to a much lesser extent, Texas Tech and Baylor. 

The other reason Dodds wasn't particularly interested in TCU was that Gary Patterson has built the program into a national powerhouse. With UT going through a rare down cycle under Mack Brown, he didn't see the wisdom of adding another team capable of at least giving the Horns a scare on an annual basis. 

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